Throughout history, axes have proven popular as both a tool and weapon due to their inexpensive make. Axes are some of the oldest tools known to man, particularly common in the Stone Age and initially made without a handle and instead with a pear-shaped stone bought to an even point for it’s “cutting edge”. These hand axes were quickly turned into weapons, tools and an aid to hunt animals for food.
It wasn’t until the era of the Great Migration that throwing axes came ‘into fashion’, used by the Teutonic tribes and the Franks to take down their enemy. They were developed with a wooden handle and were made using various stones thus creating status weapons such as the battle axe, boat axe and the polygonal axe. In later times, stone axes began giving way to axes with a head made of copper and bronze before later being reproduced with iron. These brand new axes swiftly became the weapon of choice for foot soldiers and knights.
After this time, a smaller steel axe called the Tomahawk (or back then the ‘Trade Axe’) became popular used by Native Americans in battle. Contrary to popular belief, Native Americans did not throw their axe in battle but instead set up tournaments in town where they would trade and throw axes at targets. Today, you don’t need to look for your nearest trading post to throw an axe – we’ve got you covered!
If you have never thrown an axe, don’t worry! It can be surprisingly easy to pick up with most people able to get the axe into a target within their first five to ten throws. We’ll teach you the best techniques to get to grips with one of the trickiest medieval target sports around, whilst adding some games and competitions to make the session even more exciting! You’ll learn how to throw everything from Norse Viking Tomahawks to specially designed Scout training axes, and with traditional wooden targets to set your sights on, there is nowhere better to experience Axe Throwing!
We can run a range of sessions to fit your requirements, from beginners to intermediates, groups, one-to-one coaching, birthdays, hens and stag dos.
Just a few miles away from Burnham on Sea, Weston-super-Mare, Bridgwater and Cheddar, we’re in the perfect location for your activity. We’re also easily accessed from Bristol and Taunton and driving is not a necessity too; We’re only five minutes away from our local train station Highbridge and Burnham with local taxis available all day.
You can view further information or book your session by visiting our adventure website and selecting ‘axe throwing’ under the activities tab. If you prefer to speak to us, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01278 786488 and chat with one of our friendly team!